An animal lover from Honington is opening a new pet care business - with a personal touch.
Melanie Firth, 48, of Sapiston Road, is launching Fairway Pet Services on January 1 offering a range of services including dog grooming, dog walking, dog sitting, cat sitting and horse care.
But Melanie said she wanted her business to be different from kennels or pet salons, offering a more friendly place for pets to visit.
She said: “I want it so the animals get that home environment - a much nicer experience for them.
“It is like they are just coming round to visit.
“Another service I will be offering is that people can drop off their pet before work, I can look after them, walk them, groom them, and then they can pick them up afterwards.
“I like to think of it more as a pampering day for them.”
Melanie, who worked as a benefit fraud investigator for 29 years until recently being made redundant, took a course in dog grooming at Otley College eight years ago and has bags of experience in pet care.
Over the years she has entered her dogs in prestigious shows like Krufts, including her eight-year-old Pomeranian, Comet (pictured), who also featured in ITV’s Catwalk Dogs with Love Actually’s Kris Marshall.
Melanie said she adored animals and was thrilled to be launching her own pet care business.
“My great love has always been animals,” she said. “I have five horses, three dogs and two cats myself.
“I have had a lifetime looking after animals and absolutely adore them so I’m really excited about starting up this business.
“I am very good with animals - they can spot an animal lover.”
“It is a big step for me but I know I can do it.
If you would like to get in touch with Melanie and Fairway Pet Services you can call her on 01359 268086 or on 07805 888445.
Alternatively you can email Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fairwayspetservicesanddoggrooming.co.uk